maandag 28 maart 2022

Matisse meets Haring

In this lesson we combine Keith Haring and Henri Matisse.


  1. white drawing sheet
  2. colored construction paper
  3. black construction paper
  4. scissors
  5. glue
Show some of the later artwork from Matisse (fauvism, 1869-1954), his cut-outs and discuss them. What do you see? What shapes did Matisse use? What are the organic shapes? And the geometric shapes? What's the difference between them? What colors do you see?

Look at the human figures in Keith Harings artwork (popart, 1958-1990). What stands out? How are human beings drawn? Which parts of the body do you see, which parts nog? How do you see that people are moving?

What to do? 

  1. Cut organic and geometric shapes from colored paper.  
  2. Cut a human figure from black paper,  (do not draw first!). Be sure you can clearly see he's moving.  
  3. Arrange the geometric and organic shapes on the white sheet. Overlap is allowed.   
  4. Search for a good place where the human figure fits well and where you can see he's moving, for example because he steps on a geometric shape or dances between the organic shapes. 
  5. Satisfied about your composition? Then glue on all the cut out shapes .

vrijdag 18 maart 2022

Circle City


You need: 

  1. white drawing sheet
  2. compass
  3. ruler
  4. pencil
  5. markers
  6. colored sheet
  7. glue

Explain the one-point perspective: objects that are further away appear smaller. If we draw a street towards the horizon, it narrows and trees get smaller. 

In one-point perspective you draw all lines parallel to the viewing direction to one point. You literally put a dot on the horizon. 

What to do? 

  • Draw a circle of 20 cm in diameter using the compass. Mark the hole in the center with a dot.  
  • Draw lines form the edges of the circle to the dot in the middle, using ruler and pencil. 
  • Draw buildings in different heights using the lines.  Draw doors and windows. 
  • Color with markers. Outline everything with a fine black marker. 
  • Cut the circle and stick it on a colored sheet. 

Art work made by students of grade 4. 

dinsdag 15 maart 2022

Henna hands

 You need:

  1. white drawing sheet
  2. colored sheet
  3. Indian ink or fine black marker 
  4. glue
  5. scissors 

Henna art is making temporary decorations on the skin using dye from dried henna leaves. Henna decorations are applied during festive occasions in North-African and Asian countries. Used symbols are those of strength, luck, fertility and protection. Patterns and symbols vary per country.  

Trace your hand on a white sheet. Decorate with patterns. Cut oud and stick on a colored sheet. Cut the hand again with an edge of approximately 1/2 cm.